Today is the windiest it has been since I set up the weather station at the beginning of August. Top gust so far is 33kts ( 38mph or 61kph  a near gale) and the average wind has been at Beaufort force 4 (moderate breeze) for quite a lot of the day. Nothing extreme here, but […]

Meteor Video

I made a video from one of the captures by my automatic meteor camera. This is basically the raw video from the camera, with a little noise reduction and colorising the monochrome video to a blue hue. This is real time video (not slowed or sped up). I shared it because I thought it was […]

Classic Cold Front

Today’s weather came from the passage of a cold front: where cold air pushing in, lifts the warmer, moister air in front of it, to create rain. Although the front was not particularly remarkable, it fitted the textbook very well so is worth reporting. Firstly, the analysis chart shows the situation. Over Europe there is […]

Perseid Meteor


I took this photo while I was asleep! More accurately, it is a processed capture from an automatic system. This is a perseid meteor, passing close to the Pleiades. I am now running a video meteor observation system and am proud to contribute the data to the UK Meteor Observation Network (ukmon). There is a basic […]

blue sky with high clouds

High Summer

July has been an almost perfect summer month this year. We had lots of sunny, warm and dry weather but also a few thundery breakdowns, which included a few classic summer thunderstorms here. We avoided the flash flooding and other nasty consequences that hit others and so were happy to see them go past. It […]

Weather Station

I do not have any weather station hardware yet, but I wanted to make a start on a project to create a weather station for home. I want to keep an accurate and reliable record of the main weather data but also share them – through a web site and direct to various agencies so the […]

Globular Cluster M3

Globular Cluster M3

Certainly not the best astrophoto I have ever taken, but reasonably pleasing, because there is much more in it than I thought when I took it. It was not fully dark and there was a first quarter moon, so the sky background was bright. There was hazy high cloud. Even so, there are stars down […]

Supernova SN2014J in M82 taken on 1 March 2014 by Christopher Curtis


For the first time in a very long time, I decided to set up the telescope and try to image the supernova in the galaxy M82 before it fades into invisibility. It took me a while to remember how to set things up, and this was the first time I was using a mac for […]

February 2014 Weather

This was a remarkable month, weather-wise. Mild and wet. According to the weather station I run at work, the average air temperature was 6.5C (that compares with 3C last year) and there were no days with an air frost (compared with 10 last year). The coldest was 0.2C on 11th and the warmest 12.5C on […]

More on the Meteor

The internet has quite a lot of discussion about the meteor I saw. There is a good analysis at the UK Meteor monitoring network. There’s a great photo taken from Bristol here. It seems to have fallen above the English Channel and so was probably about 50 miles away from me.  It also seems to […]